KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Senior Correspondent, KQED NEWSROOM
Scott Shafer serves as host of KQED Public Radio's statewide news program The California Report. He's also senior correspondent for KQED NEWSROOM, the weekly news and public affairs program on television, radio and digital. As a journalist, he has been honored by numerous institutions, including Radio Television Digital News Association, San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and Public Radio News Directors Inc. Before arriving at KQED, Scott worked in state and local government. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming and playing water polo.
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Stories (330 archives)
We're all being watched, when we go through an airport, drive through a toll booth or use public transit. This week, the ACLU of California -- after wading through years of public meeting agendas and minutes for city councils and county boards of supervisors -- found that at least 90 local governments use some form of surveillance. And in most cases, there was little or no public input before it was used.
Local law enforcement agencies rely on surveillance technology, like video cameras and license plate readers, in order to protect public safety. In a report out today, the ACLU of California describes what it sees as a lack of transparency and oversight in how these technologies are used.
This Election Day is the 20th anniversary of a ballot measure that left a profound mark on California. In 1994, voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 187. It was a kind of citizens' revolt over illegal immigration -- and its impact is still felt up and down the state.
California?s attorney general is often known as the state's ?top cop.? And to be sure, Kamala Harris has done her share of ?law and order? press conferences announcing drug busts and gang takedowns. But as she heads into Tuesday?s election, Harris has clearly emphasized different priorities than her predecessors.
The state's approach to criminal justice has gone in a new direction under Gov. Jerry Brown, driven in part by a court order to improve inmate health care and reduce the state's prison population. The problem dates back to 1990 and a lawsuit over the quality of mental health care for inmates. Underlying it all: too many prisoners and too few cells. In 2011, the Legislature passed the most fundamental reform of California's criminal justice system in more than a generation. It was called "realignment," and it transferred responsibility for tens of thousands of low-level criminals from state prisons to county jails and probation officers. How has realignment worked so far, and how hasn't it?